It’s time to start saving your saves again; Mass Effect: Andromeda Creative Director Mac Walters says your Mass Effect save might come in useful a few years from now.

Speaking to Game Informer, Walters wasn’t ready to talk about the future of this new Mass Effect series, but he said “I don’t think it would hurt to keep them.”

“What we want to do with that series is very TBD at this point. I think right now, we know we don’t want it to be a trilogy in the sense of, ‘we’re planning this three-part story in three games.’ But that said, key elements like the Pathfinders, even the Ryders [Andromeda‘s sibling protagonists] themselves, those are things that are going to make another appearance in the next game.”

Set it and forget it

A long, long time ago, when games fit on one or two DVDs and cloud-based game saves were a fantasy, BioWare told us to keep our saves for Mass Effect and Dragon Age. It made deleting games and reformatting drives dangerous and drive failures even more devastating. Not only could you lose all your GIFs and fanfic, but saves containing dozens of hours of character customization and relationship choices, too.

With all three of Andromeda‘s target platforms offering versions of cloud storage, this prospect isn’t nearly as daunting – it should just be automatic. Whether the future games in the series end up using our saves or not, at least we don’t have to worry about it. Unless you don’t trust ‘the cloud,’ in which case you might want to prep your backup drive.

Mass Effect: Andromeda is set to release on PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One sometime in early 2017.